Ofgem’s ECO proposal could add ‘£195m on energy bills’

Posted on 09 September 2013 by Priyanka Shrestha

Householders could have £195 million added on their energy bills as a result of one of the requirements proposed in Ofgem’s Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme.

That’s the claim from energy efficiency surveys company EUM in response to the consultation on “requirements for demonstrating characteristics of hard-to-treat cavities”.

Energy suppliers are obliged to improve the energy efficiency of households by installing measures like insulation as part of the ECO.

The Ofgem consultation seeks to cut the number of energy efficiency surveys and installation errors by introducing a more strict process and an extra site visit ahead of the measures being installed in consumers’ homes.

EUM claims the new measures will add another barrier to the uptake of energy efficiency and the problem could be resolved in a cost-effective way.

Mark McAlear (pictured), Managing Director of EUM said: “EUM utilises the latest technology to securely capture unique, site specific data and images. All data gathered is both GPS and time logged therefore providing indisputable evidence for a measure requirement or installation.

“By utilising this technology instead of introducing more site visits which will again be open to human opinion, the industry and ultimately, the end consumer can avoid unnecessary costs.”

As part of its response to the consultation, EUM is calling on Ofgem to extend it to cover all ECO measures, with the aim of eradicating fraud within the industry.

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